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    How to set Special Permissions for Windows Folders

    I've spent hours searching for a way to delete a Windows 10 folder (why is a long story). I somehow got it to work. I have about 4 other windows folders to delete so I have to figure out how to do it.

    I restored the folder back to examine the properties and found that the Everyone group and my userid are set to Special Permissions and that's probably why it worked. I kind of know why it worked but I don't know how that permission got set. It is not easy to just click a box to set that permission. In the beginning, I tried all sort of different settings, tabs, groups, etc. that were suggested on the internet. Somewhere along the line of many changes, the permission got set and it worked.

    I think it has to do with Enabling Inheritance and checking the box that says, "Replace all child object permissions..." and using the "Everyone" group.

    Does anyone know the secret of setting the Special Permissions on a Windows 10 folder because it isn't easy. Each operating system is different.
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    Well I still don't know how I got Special Permissions but I did manage to get it to work. If anyone else needs to do this, this is what worked for me.

    • Open the folder property > Security tab > Advanced button
    • Change ownership to the Everyone Group
    • Important to do: Check replace owner on subcontainers and objects
    • Click okay

    It will ask you if you want full control so click Yes. It will then change ownerships of all subsequent objects below the folder.

    • Click Ok out to the File Explorer.
    • Open the folder property > Security tab > Advanced button
    • Click add button to add a permission
    • Click on the text that says Select Principle
    • Add the Everyone Group
    • When you are back to the Advanced dialog box, or maybe the one before that, check the Full Control box
    • Check the "Only apply these permissions..." box
    • Important to do: check the "Replace all child object..." box.
    • Click ok
    • Click yes when it asks you to replace all descendants of this object. It will then do the replacing.
    • Ok back to File Explorer

    You should now be able to delete the folder.

    That is what to do description. The how to do description, can be found on the internet and in YouTube videos.

    I hope that's helpful for someone. For me, I am back to the way it was.
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    That's the standard method for taking ownership of a folder and sub-folders. It works in all Windows versions and has been that way since Windows NT.

    cheers, Paul

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    Still working on folder permissions.

    You can add a Take Ownership entry to the context menu, which does the hard work for you.

    http://www.askvg.com/add-take-owners...windows-vista/

    If you just want to delete recalcitrant files, use Unlocker. (Your AV may flag it, but its safe.)

    http://filehippo.com/download_unlocker/

    I posted this on the other thread as well.

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    @ Omega3

    You have not told us what "Windows" folders you want to delete.

    Do we really have to guess what it is that you are trying to do?
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    Sorry Coochin. I wrote in my OP that is was my "Windows 10 folder" but I should have said Windows 10 "System" folder. I got if fixed using the folder properties but had to follow a lot of steps to do it.
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